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I just received a gift that I absolutely love. It is a quart jar packed solid with assorted nuts and then filled to the brim with honey, I know honey is a preservative but does anyone know how long things might last with refrigeration? Without refrigeration? It is abfab on cereal, ice cream, cake, etc. Expensive to make but worth it?
 

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Forever, I've never had refrigeration and I travel far away from civilization for extended periods of time. I pickle, olive oil and honey things a lot. I stay away from town a lot longer than anything would last in a frige. Read Sailing the Farm for preservation methods.
 

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Nuts if properly dried last a looong time. Honey also lasts for years. Excellent idea, I'll have to try it.
 

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The honey may crystallize over time, but it shouldn't go bad. It will probably also keep the nuts, or more specifically the oil in the nuts, from going rancid for a very long time; probably much longer than the mixture would avoid being eaten ;).
 

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Bacteria can't grow in honey so this sounds like a great idea. I was a commercial beekeeper and thought I'd heard everything honey related, but this is a new one I'll have to try.
 

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Forever, I've never had refrigeration and I travel far away from civilization for extended periods of time. I pickle, olive oil and honey things a lot. I stay away from town a lot longer than anything would last in a frige. Read Sailing the Farm for preservation methods.
Can we convince you to do a post about this, Aaron ? I am especially interested in pickling with vinegar for food preservation on the boat, I'd like to add that to dehydrating and pressure canning. I really like pickled beet eggs but have been shy about making them because the extension folks say they aren't safe.
 

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I using my boat to slowly pickle myself.

Then I can sail forever. :D
 

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Forever, I've never had refrigeration and I travel far away from civilization for extended periods of time. I pickle, olive oil and honey things a lot. I stay away from town a lot longer than anything would last in a frige. Read Sailing the Farm for preservation methods.
Any chance you'd be willing to do a bit of a write up about it? I would love to learn more. Trial and error strikes me as a risky way to learn.:eek:
I've read Sailing the Farm, some of it was good, a lot seemed a bit risky to me. (less the food provision, and more some of the other behaviors). But even having seeds etc onboard could be frowned at today, I know I had trouble with dried nuts at borders etc on land.
 
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